Remington introduced the Model 514 in April 1948 as cheaper alternative to the Model 510 other 500 series rimfires and a competitor of the excellent Winchester Model 67.
“The model 514 is a worthy companion to the model 510, but being slightly shorter and lighter-it is especially suitable for the small boy who is just starting to shoot.”
The 514 is one of what seems like a million different models and makes of .22 rimfire rifles made from the dating back to the dinosaurs. It is one of the 5xx series models of guns put out by Remington in days when boys could walk out in the woods and shoot at anything much he felt like shooting at and no one thought much about it. On the contrary, they may have asked him to come over on a summer evening and shoot that ground hog that has been eating up the tomatoes in the backyard. Try that now a days.
The rifles of this same basic formula were clearly markets to kids but I have always wondered just how many were bought for boys and how many were bought by grown men, late teens and seasoned citizens for the pleasure that comes with shooting a rimfire sporter.
There is just something about these vintage bolt action 22s. Something that can’t be replicated with a 10/22 or any modern made rimfire rifle. I don’t know what it is and it’s hard to even explain. I have rarely ever shot a modern rimfire rifle that would be the equivalent of the old rifles that is any where near as accuracte or made as well. In fact that may be a mistake. Those old guns, though made for cheap boys rifles back then, would be sold as a higher priced special prestige grade model if brought out today.
The 514 is a simple single shot bolt action rifle capable of being taken down for transport or storage with the single bolt in the bottom of the stock. Having no magazine like other models, it has a solid receiver. The three lug safety on the rear is rotated to active and disengage the safety with one lug with a red marking to indicate safe or fire. Models did not come from the factory drilled and tapped for scope mounting bases. Unfortunately a bubba gunsmith got ahold of this rifle long before I did. Whoever it is didn’t realize the requirement for mounting bases on the 514 was for two holes side by side and not in line down the bore axis. The bright spark apparently was going to put two holes on the front and rear of the receiver and got half into it before realizing there ain’t enough room on the rear portion he so poorly chose for the rear position. I don’t think you need me to point out where the two rear holes should have been drilled.. No problem though as I never had intention of using one of these with an optic.
No, when it comes to these old .22s, I stick to the iron sights. Some models of the 514 came with a nice little rear peep sight for more precise target work. This one has the more common open sights. The style seen on countless hunting rifles. Not the easiest to use for people use to peep sights but capable of fine shooting.
Accuracy is as good and honestly probably better than most moden rimfire rifles. The two groups were fired at 25 yards using ammo that is nothing special. Just bulk Federal solid lead.
These guns are getting more expensive to buy every year. Twenty years ago it was not hard to find any old rimfire bolt action rifle and not pay much over 100 yankee green backs for it. Those days are gone sad to say. Not surprising. Everything made longer ago that 5 years seems to be rising in price. If you want a plinker 22 rifle to carry in the woods or teach your kid I would chase down one of these before I ever thought about buying a new made rimfire.